9/6 Williams statue to be unveiled Tuesday

Billy Williams has been tempted more than once to stop at Addison and Sheffield streets outside Wrigley Field and peek under the blue cloth covering the bronze statue of the Hall of Famer.

“I’ve thought several times about going there and taking it off to see it to make sure it’s all right,” Williams said Monday.

The Cubs will formally unveil the statue on Tuesday in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. CT. Several of Williams’ family, friends and former teammates will be on hand, including Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.

“I’m excited,” Williams said. “I’ve been excited since [Spring Training in] Arizona when it was first mentioned that a statue would be unveiled here on [Sept. 7]. I’ve been looking forward to it and anticipating. The closer you get, the more excited you get. [Tuesday] is going to be an exciting day, and not only for me but fans and friends and family. I look at it as a monumental thing.”

Williams and his wife Shirley did get a peek early in the process before the statue was installed on the corner outside of Wrigley.

“I don’t care how it looks,” Williams said. “Just to have a statue on the outer walls of the ballpark where you performed, where you had a great time playing the game, that’s something you don’t dream of.”

— Carrie Muskat

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